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Additional agreed hours and flexible working directions proposed for 12 modern awards

Posted by Jan 25, 2021

Simplified additional hours agreements Currently, under certain modern awards, part-time employees are entitled to overtime rates where they work more than their ordinary hours of work, or if they work outside of their agreed hours or days of work. The Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia’s Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2020 (IR Bill) proposes to […]

Proposed changes to agreements in new IR Bill

Posted by Jan 12, 2021

On 9 December 2020, Attorney-General and Industrial Relations Minister Christian Porter introduced the Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia’s Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2020 (IR Bill) to the Australian Parliament. The IR Bill was drafted following the formation of five IR reform working groups which were made up of employer and industry groups and unions. […]

Investigators should be thorough in testing conflicting evidence

Posted by Nov 19, 2020

A recent decision by the Fair Work Commission (FWC) reminds employers a) of the importance of following a rigorous investigation process when serious allegations of misconduct are made, in this instance, theft, and b) that the FWC has to come to its own objective view as to the existence of a valid reason for termination […]

JobKeeper 2.0 –What you need to know

Posted by Nov 18, 2020

JobKeeper 2.0 – What you need to know As of 28 September 2020, changes to the JobKeeper scheme have extended the scheme until 28 March 2021. These changes include enabling employers that previously qualified for JobKeeper payments, but that no longer qualify because they have not met the threshold of a 30% decline in turnover, […]

Tips for new managers and new starters in HR

Posted by Nov 16, 2020

As employment lawyers, we sometimes don’t hear from certain clients until something goes wrong. It may be that the new recruit doesn’t have the skills to fit their job description, an unsuccessful candidate has made a discrimination complaint, or the challenging consequences of a poorly drafted employment contract are coming to light. With each of these […]

FWC considering award changes to allow more flexibility to work from home

Posted by Sep 7, 2020

Acknowledging that the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated working from home arrangements, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has released a draft modern award schedule addressing working-from-home arrangements (accessed here). It is likely to be particularly relevant for small businesses, who are unlikely to be covered by an enterprise agreement. This draft model schedule may be included […]

High Court decision on personal/carer’s leave

Posted by Aug 13, 2020

The High Court has handed down its decision in Mondelez today, finally settling the question about what “10 days” of personal/carer’s leave means. Employers now have certainty about entitlements. […]

We can no longer operate our business under Stage 4 restrictions. What do we do with our employees now?

Posted by Aug 6, 2020

Some businesses in Victoria have been operating for many months now with their employees working from home. For other businesses, due to the nature of their activities, this has simply not been possible. The latest restrictions for business, which came into operation last night, may mean that your business has to close its on-site operations for […]

Increase to high income threshold and Fair Work Commission filing fees

Posted by Jul 10, 2020

Filing fee In accordance with the increase to the national minimum wage (our blog post on the minimum wage increase can be found here), the Fair Work Commission (Commission) has announced an increase to the application fee for unfair dismissals, general protections and anti-bullying applications to $74.50 from 1 July 2020. High income threshold The […]

Justitia spotlight – An interview with Julia Eastoe

Posted by Jul 8, 2020

Interviewer: Grace Gibson, Legal Research Assistant – Grace is a fourth year Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Arts student at Monash University and currently works as a Legal Research Assistant. Julia, it has been almost a year since you joined the team here at Justitia. Tell me a bit about your background and career prior […]